Lin-Manuel Miranda is reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton next January at the University of Puerto Rico to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
It’s nearly been a year since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, knocking out power to the entire island and leaving large parts of the U.S. territory without clean water.
Since then, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of the Broadway musical Hamilton, has been a vocal advocate of helping the island rebuild. Immediately after the storm, Miranda brought together a group of musicians to record “Almost Like Praying” and donated the proceeds from the song to hurricane relief.
But now Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton when he brings the hip-hop musical to San Juan in January 2019 to try to “raise millions” for hurricane relief efforts. Auditions were already held earlier this year for the upcoming production that runs from January 8 to 27, 2019, at the University of Puerto Rico’s Teatro UPR in San Juan.
In happier news:— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 21, 2018
We're holding auditions for Hamilton IN Puerto Rico this summer. This is for the tour that will premiere in PR in January 2019, with me as Hamilton for those 3 weeks. The audition sheet:
Audiciones para Hamilton en PR, este verano: pic.twitter.com/HdmxSbZxS5
“We’ll have hundreds of $10 tickets available for Puerto Ricans on the island,” Miranda said on Good Morning America back in May. “But we’re also having super-expensive tickets and with those super-expensive tickets we’re hoping to restore arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years.”
As of this June, there were still thousands of Puerto Ricans without power, but most of the island is ready to welcome travelers once again and need the tourism dollars to support their economy. Earlier this week, the community of Humacao, Puerto Rico recreated the S.O.S. image that went viral after the storm with one that reads “Bienvenidos!” this time to encourage tourism.
So what better time to go than when Lin-Manuel Miranda reprises the role that made him a household name? According to the website of Miranda’s Flamboyan Arts Fund, tickets to Hamilton will go on sale sometime this fall. In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of VIP tickets will help launch the arts fund that he founded in order to preserve, amplify, and sustain the arts in Puerto Rico.
To find out when tickets will go on sale, sign up for alerts on flamboyanartsfund.org.